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A Few Sood Cheup knives
A good knife is one of the basic elemental tools of
survival. I first started carrying a knife at age 8. It was one of
those Boy Scout pocket knives that had a knife blade, bottle
opener/screwdriver, awl, and can opener. It was so handy that
a few years later I started carrying a Buck lock-blade, and one
of the medium Wenger Swiss-Army knives. I remember back
in high school that the Buck lock-blade was a status symbol
among the "redneck" clique. The carrying of knives was
technically against school regulations, but as long as you
didn.t brandish it, get into a knife fight, or stab someone the
school generally turned a blind eye. If I recall correctly, they
didn.t even consider Swiss-Army pocketknives to be
"knives". That was a little over 15 years ago however, and
back then they didn.t even care if you brought your rifle or
shotgun into school to do some gunsmithing on it in shop
class, as long as you gave the shop teacher advance notice.
Kids are getting kicked out of school today for bringing in
nail-clippers, and zip-lock bags of sugar for their breakfast
When I was in high school, I had a part-time job as
an electronics technician at the local TV repair shop. (I
started out as a clerk.) As a matter of course I kept in my
backpack a pair of needle-nose vise-grips, diagonal cutters, a
6" adjustable wrench, and an allen wrench set. That was in
addition to the Buck knife and Swiss-Army knife I carried on
my person. I would have carried a TRS-80 Model 100 too if I
could have afforded one back then. I think a student who
carried that amount of hardware into school these days would
be considered some sort of terrorist, and that shows how sad
things are these days. Nowadays, it appears that most public
school students are carbon copies of their sheeple parents. I
feel that any parent who does not teach their child the essen-
tials of handling firearms and knives is guilty of child abuse,
and that any parent who does not at least try to get their child
somewhat interested in science and technology to be lower
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than a pedophile. But I digress.
They say that a good knife should cost about a day.s
wages. Assuming minimum wage (or a little more) in my
home state of Connecticut, and an 8-hour day that should be
around $60. I.m picked minimum wage because I.m assuming
a worst case scenario, or someone who is just starting out in
survivalism on a limited budget, such as a student who does
not wish to follow the stupidity of most of his or her peers. I
first took a trip to the local Wal-Mart. I.m not recommending
you buy anything from Wal-Mart unless you absolutely have
to. Most of my experiences dealing with the sales-people in
Wal-Mart have been negative, and many people I have talked
to experience similar problems there. I personally find this
incredible because one of Sam Walton.s sons, and presum-
ably an executive in the company, served in MACV-SOG
during the Vietnam War. One would think that poor customer
service would not be tolerated from such an individual. In
many areas, it is unfortunate that Wal-Mart is the only option
when it comes to supply procurement. My first choice would
probably be the classic Buck Special for $40. This particular
knife has been around forever. The store I visited also had a
number of fixed blade knives from Gerber and Schrade
starting at $20. While nothing particularly spectacular, they
will get the job done in a pinch. The Winchester brand knives
they offered were even cheaper than that, but they were of
junk quality. One good thing about Wal-Mart is that they
regularly put Sporting Goods merchandise on clearance. On
one of the last clearance sales they had, they were off-loading
some nice Kershaw sheath knives for under $30. At one such
sale, I picked up a nice 3-blade Schrade "Old Timer" pocket
knife for $12.
Going through the mail-order route, a good army/
navy, or sporting goods store, there are a number of good
quality knives that can be purchased for under $60. The first
is the Glock Field Knife; as shown in the picture. According
to Glock.s website at "Glock knives
were developed in close cooperation with the special forces
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(Rangers) of the Austrian Army." You can find them online
for around $30. They are available in black or green, and with
or without saw-teeth on the back. A friend of mine who is in
the U.S. Army Special Forces swears by this knife. He keeps
one on his LBE and has used it for everything from prying
open crates to sawing 2x4s. At ~$30 each you can buy two,
keep one as a spare, and still stay in budget. Get the one with
the saw-teeth on the back, as it is the more versatile of the
two. Unlike many other knives with that feature, the Glock
Knife.s saw-teeth actually work.
Another good cheap knife available via the mail
order route is the Cold Steel Bushman. This is a real tough
basic blade, and probably one of the strongest hollow-handle
survival knives on the market (as well as the least expensive).
As shown in its picture, the Bushman is made out of a single
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piece of 2.5mm thick SK-5 high carbon steel. According to
Cold Steel, the Bushman has withstood 2 tons of pressure at
the blade/handle junction without failure. This is a simple,
rugged knife that the carbon-steel aficionados will love. The
hollow handle on the Bushman not only will hold survival
supplies, but also allow you to attach various handle exten-
sions to increase your reach and leverage. The Bushman is
around $20 at most mail order places. Cold Steel has always
put out high quality products, and has recently lowered their
prices on a number of their products.
Going over to folding knives, one of my personal
daily-carry blades is a Spyderco Endura. been carrying it
for so long that I can.t even remember when I bought it. The
Endura was inexpensive when it first came out. I believe it
was in the $35 range. It is now around $55, so still within the
budget. I have used this knife for everything from opening
packages to removing a doormat from snow blower last
winter. My Endura has the full-length serrated blade, but they
are also available with a full plain edge, and half-plain/half-
serrated. In addition to the original Endura with a fiberglass
reinforced nylon handle, Spyderco now makes it with a
stainless steel handle. Between my Spyderco Endura and
Leatherman Tool, I am able to take care of most of the tasks
in and around the house without having to go for the toolbox.
I have purchased other folding knives since the Endura, but I
always go back to carrying it. Leatherman Tools start at just
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under $40 for the original classic model, and that would be a
worthwhile purchase within our knife budget as well. The
Leatherman has just about replaced the Swiss-Army Knife as
a daily-carry tool.
Those are just a few examples of good inexpensive
knives that a survivalist working minimum wage could pur-
chase for a day.s wages. There are others out there as well.
The Smith & Wesson knives made by Taylor Cutlery are
inexpensive and a good value for the money. I recently
examined a hawksbill blade "Cuttin. Horse" and an Extreme-
Ops tanto folder that were of good quality and available for
under $40. You should also check local home improvement
and sporting goods stores for clearance sales and special
purchase items. The local Wal-Mart a couple towns over had
Gerber Sportsmans Multi-Plier ulti-tools for $25. You can
still walk into any decent Army/Navy store in the country and
purchase a USMC Combat Knife or USAF Survival Knife
made by Camillus or Ontario for under $40. There are many
different options available to the survivalist on a budget. I.m
saving the best for last. Knife maker Wayne Goddard has
written a book for people who want to make their own knives
on a budget. The book is called Wayne Goddards $50 Knife
Shop ; ISBN 0873419936. It lists for $20, but you can find it
for less than that on the Internet. The title pretty much
explains it all. The book shows you how you can put together
a shop to make knives for $50. It is a collection of all sorts of
hints and tricks from one of the world.s foremost bladesmiths.
I hope this article has made you realize that you can
equip to prepare yourself for unforeseen circumstances even
on a very limited budget. If you are not in this situation, then
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you should count you blessings. This country is continually
becoming increasingly unstable as time goes on, and no one is
immune from the downward spiral. Just recently two good
friends of mine (both survivalists) were told that they were
getting laid off. Fortunately, they both had decent-paying jobs
and were able to further their survival preparations over the
past few years. Many more Americans are going to feel the
effects as the country continues to head for what appears to be
another economic depression. Those with the foresight to
realize whats going on and make the proper preparations will
be those who will avoid the brunt of the mess.
Radio Shack PRO-83 Scanner
I recently acquired one of these scanners,
and have been very pleased with it. It is a
compact 200 channel handheld scanner
with the following frequency ranges:
137-174 MHz
806-956MHz (except for cellular)
While is not trunk tracker, nor APCO-25
capable, it is reasonably priced, and has a
neat Signal Stalker function that en-
ables you to detect and monitor nearby
radio signals in its frequency coverage range, similar to the
Optoelectronics near field receivers that cost hundreds of
dollars more. It is also more sensitive than frequency counters
used to sleuth out nearby signals, and will not immediately
lock onto high power FM & TV broadcast signals. If you are
looking for an inexpensive scanner and dont need digital or
trunk-tracking capability, or want to see what signals are in
your neighborhood then you might want to check out this unit.
The PRO-83 is available at local Radio Shack stores. It retails
for $120 when not on sale.
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Promoting self-reliance through training, preparation,
and networking with others of similar interests. Because
in a disaster, be it natural or man-made, the govern-
ment can't always be there to protect you!
E.A.S.T. History
by Gary Larzazs
I want to thank all who have expressed an interest in
E.A.S.T. Over the years I have used E.A.S.T. as a
means to develop my interest in survivalism and net-
work with others. I started E.A.S.T. in the early 1980's
with 3 other friends that enjoyed 4X4 off-roading. After a
few "close-calls" of being stranded we decided to do
some pre-planning should we get stuck in the woods
under less than ideal circumstances. One thing lead to
another and we were pre-planning and practicing sur-
vival in other situations.
In the late 1980's we discovered a magazine called
"American Survival Guide" which had a directory which
allowed people with similar interests to contact each
other. We answered ads and eventually put in our own
ads in, met many fine people and welcomed them to
train and have fun with us.
In the 1990's we became more aware of computers
which helped to send out our own newsletters and also
went "on-line". The late '90's the awareness of technol-
ogy might create difficulties at the turn of the millenium.
Leading up to Y2K we started special plans for possible
disasters that could be related to a computer failure.
Many people joined us with their similar concerns and
others also formed similar groups that we advised and
interacted with.
Y2K turned out to be a non-event and many of the
people who joned lost interest or otherwise went seper-
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ate ways and we've lost contact. I've made good friends
that we have stayed in contact. We continued to stay in
touch and informed on the issues. There are still plenty
of lesser disasters, power failures, major storms, etc.
that could disrupt our normal lives. Then, Sept. 11, 2001
happened, some of our old friends contacted me and we
thought about becoming more of an active group again.
But getting together for activities, matching each other's
schedules, seemed a difficult task. Now with interna-
tional tensions on the increase, I feel the desire to try to
once again offer a forum for people interested in sur-
vivalism a chance to interact.
2004 EAST Meetings
Sat. 17 April 2004, 7 people came to try to throw knives.
It was a beautiful, sunny, unseasonably warm day. Gary
had obtained a foam archery target, thinking that knives
would be no harder on the target than a broadhead, and
certainly a lot slower. It was taped between 2 steel fence
posts. The tape was cut a couple times and needed to
be changed, duct tape may have worked better.
After the range was set up, we discussed some of the
on-going projects, "Wake -Up New England" (more
later), and Ranch Rescue. It was also decided to look
into a EAST vendor space at New Hampshire Contitu-
tional Studies Seminar 19 Sept. 2004. As this pro-
gresses there will be up-dates on the EAST message
We then reviewed the training video obtained from
Shomer-Tec, " Russian Knife Throwing and Fightting
Tactics", Gil Hibben's Knife Throwing Guide was also
available. After watching the video, everyone tried a few
knives and throwing techniques. Tried: Spear throw,
Handle throw, and side throw (sort of like a frisbee
throw). Tom F. also brought a couple throwing toma-
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Some of the various knives tried at the throwing: 12:00
o'clock postion Navy Mark 1, 1:00 M-4 Bayonet, 3:00
Buck Ultra-light folder, 4:00 Al Mar Folder, 5:00 Stain-
less Dive Knife, 6:00 Pilot's Survival Knife, 7:00 Ex-
plorer Hunting Knife, 8:00 Kershaw Leek assisted
opening folder, 9:00 M-7 Bayonet, 10:00 CKT Titanium
Folder, and 11:00 Gil Hibben Corded Thrower
We took a break for lunch and discussed 2 future
activities. "Scan Pease" 29 May which will setting up
radio scanners and listening in on aircraft monitoring
near Pease Airport near Portsmith, NH. Pease was an
active Air Force base but is now a civilian airport with Air
National Guard also there. Scanner guide from Radio
Shack lists tower frequency as 128.400 MHz. Trying to
determine a good location to scan without causing a
suspicion of setting up monitoring to close to the field.
We will meet at the Newinton, NH mall off Rte. 4 at
10:00 A.M.
Summer EAST meeting will be 17 July 2004. We will set
up a camp and also use night vision, compae lights, and
other night activities. Due to the need to be familiar with
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Top- This is the portable station, 2 VHF walkie - talkies,
Bearcat 850 XLT scanner, various patch cables, mikes,
adapters etc. Bottom - Gary L. operating the portable
com satation.
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each other, only "key" EAST members and specificly
invited guests will be allowed to participate in the July
meeting. After lunch more knife throwing and we took a
little hike. Meeting broke up about 16:30
16 July 04... Terrorist acts widespread around country,
attacks are making people afraid to go to stores, trans-
portation affected too so not much is getting to stores
anyway. Inflation and price gouging. EAST has decided
to establish a retreat in Brimfield, MA.
16:00 A base is established.
19:30 Set up CB on peak (Page Hill) for 20:00 EAST
survival 7 CB check in. nothing heard until 20:15. Then
changed antenna and set up a simplex repeater.
21:00 - Midnight campfire all quiet.
17 July Midnight - 09:30 All quiet.
09:30 J.C. reports in and assigned "Camp" area.
"Camp" area designated to be the forward area for ops.
The operating area is about 800 yds. X 2000yds. part
planted Christmas trees, woods, swamp, and field with
trails. Area is pretty inaccessiable except for crossing
brook 1 bridge vehicles can pass another 50 yds. south
a foot bridge.
09:30 - 11:45 "Camp" area set up with portable commu-
nications center. A Bearcat/Uniden 850XLT scanner
was set up and freqs to be used for the exercise
programmed in.
10:00 T.S. playing the role of a member who was active
pre-Y2K showed up at the retreat without gear. Seems
he lost interest in survialism since Y2K was a non-event
and sold most of his gear. Because he was ill equipped,
he was not allowed to stay, he got very upset and
threatening. He had to be escorted off the property.
10:10 M.L. tasked to set a colored paper plate on the
road comming to the retreat. The color indicated what
radio freq. to call on for further instructions.
11:45 - 12:30 Briefed personnel on walkie - talkie
"sensor" to trip wire and a field exercise. This scanner is
capable of scanning CB freq's and if a CB walkie - talkie
is activated, the scanner will receive it. As there are 40
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Left - Charlie 3 CB
walkie - talkie that
will transmit on CB
ch. 3 if the trip wire
is pulled.
Bottom - A clothes
pin makes a very
inexpensive switch.
Wire wrapped each
end, plastic insula-
tor gets pulled, and
the circuit is com-
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CB ch's you can have up to 40 sensors. This one was
designated "Charlie 3".
12:30 - 14:00 Rotated personnel for lunch while others
monitored "sensor" and became more familiar with ra-
dios at the Com's Post.
14:00 - 15:00 A battery powered passive infra-red
(P.I.R.) sensor was one of the more successful although
range was less than advertised (more later). This was
designated "Charlie 36".
15:00 - 16:00 Back to "Camp" planning further action.
Decided to contact other members to see how they
were doing.
15:30 J.M. contacted via cellphone who agreed to come
to assist.
16:00 J.C. tasked to go to Monson, MA to contact 2
members and determine status. Contact was made but
these members were unable to assist at "Camp" and no
assistance was needed. While J.C. was out, "Charlie 36
sounded. M.L. on alert doing short patrols and G.L. on
"Camp". T.S. had returned, wearing a ghillie suit, was
able to get within 200 yds. of camp, and hide himself.
M.L., while patroling heard a "suspicious sound" (turns
out was a cough). G.L. left camp to back up M.L.. It was
decided to do a "figure 8" search pattern. T.S. broke
cover when he says he was afraid G.L. would step on
him. T.S. was in position to observe and "shoot" G.L.
several times as T.S. was less than 10 feet away.
However, T.S. would have been "shot" by back up. T.S.
was taken back to "Camp" as prisoner. M.L. was sent
back out for security while G.L. guarded, interrogated,
and monitored com's
1730 J.C. radioed returning to "Camp". While tuning
radio, G.L. became distracted and T.S. was able to
overpower and tie up G.L. He slipped away and was
able to capture J.C. while in-comming.
18:30 J.M. arrived, teamed up with M.L. and carefully
approached "Camp". They got the drop n T.S. and
recaptured him. They "liberated" G.L. and J.C.
18:30 - 19:30 Ops. suspended for dinner break.
19:30 Scenario brief: M.L. to role play a "wandered" who
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pulled off the main road to catch a nap. Two person
team to check sensors and perimeter.
20:00 - 22:00 1st. sensor secured, walking through
woods quietly avoiding dry sticks, and weapon/flashlight
control. Spotted what appeared to be a pick up truck,
"Camp" radioed and on alert. Team determined best
approach. From the woods 1 team member covered
from the passenger side, 2nd. member approached low
to the rear. Quickly looked in the bed - clear. Went
around to the cab, caught "wanderer by surprise and he
surrendered Escorted to camp, interrogated, and al-
lowed to spend the night under guard. Was allowed to
leave in the morning minus 100 rounds of ammo
bartered for breakfast. All in all a great time and learned
a lot. Looking forward to similar practice.
16 Oct. met as planned with 3 members. Discussed
recent happenings, such as trip to NH Constitutional
Studies Day event. Also, a member, Ted S. is running a
cable access TV show. The area is only Brimfield and
Wales, MA airs Fri. evenings called "Scott Free" which
discusses issues of interest to survivalists. We will try to
continue to support it as able.
It was decided to buy a climbing tree stand. In addition
to uses for hunting, it would be hand for setting up radio
antennas in trees, establishing an observation platform,
and more. Will keep group posted on this project.
Plans for next year. EAST targets the area of New
England and NY, yet we have never done an activity in
NY, VT, or RI. It was decided that we should plan an
activity for one of those states next year. A vote was
taken and decided that we would plan an activity in VT.
Although nt specific planned dates, members present
were interested in doing more practice/training in base
camp activities, NBC, 1st. aid / medical.
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1st. Aid and Related supplies For Sale
As a 1st. Aid and C.P.R. Instructor, many times students
would ask where to get items as it might not readily be
available at a local store. Many medical equipment
suppliers wouldn't sell to individuals or had high mini-
mum orders. I will try to stock many common items,
otherwise, have a source to order. If an item is not listed
e-mail and I will try to locate and provide a quote: . Shipping costs are $.01 to
$25.00 -$3.00 $25.01 to 50.00 - $4.00 $50.01 to
$100.00 - $5.00 $100.00 to $250.00 - $6.00 over $250
free unless otherwise noted. If planning to attend an
EAST meeting try to order ahead of time and I can plan
to deliver to meeting there will be no shipping. Mass.
residents or sales made in Mass. 5% sales tax to be
added. Payment should be by check or M.O. send to:
Gary Larzazs P.O. Box 253 ThreeRivers, MA 01080.
Please allow 4- 6 weeks for shipping.
Maglite brand flashlights are some of the best flashlight
made. Lately, many professional Police, Fire, and Res-
cue personnel have gone to various "tactical lights"
which are compact and very bright, but these ussually
use very expensive lithium batteries. Great if your De-
partment is paying for them but for standard use with
common batteries a Maglite is hard to beat. For more
details on the product go to their co. website:
AA Mini MagFlashlight avail. in Black, Red, or Blue with
2 AA batteries and nylon holster $11.99
Spare bulbs for Mini Mag 2 bulbs per pack $2.99
Standard Maglite flashlight, black aircraft aluminum,
adjustable beam:
2 C battery 8,200 C.P. $18.99 2 D battery 9,000 CP
3 C battery 13,500 C.P. $19.99 3 D battery 14,000 C.P.
4 C battery 14,000 C.P. $20.99 4 D battery 15,700 C.P.
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5 C Battery 16,800 C.P. $21.99 5 D battery 17,000 C.P.
6 D battery 20,500 C.P. $25.99
Mag Charger flashlight is a rechargeable light that uses
a halogen bulb and puts out 30,000 C.P.! Charger can
be plugged into 110 V AC or through 12 V DC $109.99
Buck brand knives have been making quality knives for
over 100 yrs. Although, some of their knives are being
made overseas, most are still made in U.S.A. For details
on Buck Knives on line go to:
Bucklite #BU-442 $27.75
Bucklite II #BU-444 $18.00
Folding Hunter #BU-110 $44.25 Folding Hunter Finger
Grooved #BU-110FG $51.75
Ranger #BU-112 $42.00 Ranger Finger Grooved #BU-
112FG $49.50
Nighthawk #BU-650od $49.50
Approach #BU-751BLK ( Black) 751BLX (Blue) 751PLX
(Purple) $36.75
Strider Solution #BU-888 $165.00
Woodsman #BU-102 $42.00 Brass w/ wood handles
#BU-102BR $54.75
Skinner #BU-103 $50.25
Pathfinder #BU-105 $44.25
Special #BU-119 $51.75 Brass w/ wood handles $80.25
Ulti-Mate Stream #BU-224 $12.75
Ulti-Mate Lake #BU-226 $14.25
Ulti-Mate Ocean #BU-229 $16.50
Camillus CUDA Close Quarters Battle knife 11 in.overall
5 3/4 in fixed blade with special Mil-Spec multi position
sheath adjusts for position and adjusts to different belt
widths. Retail $199.95 # CM-CQB1 Standard Blade
$150.00 #CM-CQB1S Part. Serrated Blade $150.00
For more info and other Camillus knives go to: for quote on order of other
Camillus items e-mail
Kershaw Leek 4 in. closed length assisted opening
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knife. Thumb stud and push-point on blade to flick open.
Retail $69.95 #KS1660 Standard Blade $52.50
#KS1660ST Part. Serrated Blade $52.50 KS1660VIB
Standard Blade Rainbow Titanium Oxide Retail $99.95
For more info and other Kershaw Knives go to: for quote on order of other
Kershaw items e-mail
SOG Flash II 4 1/2 in drop point stainless steel blade
with assist opening has black zytel handles. List $71.95
#SOG00008 Standard Blade or #SOG00098 $54.00
SOG Flash II similar as above but with a 4 1/2 in. tanto
style blade List $71.95 #SOG00208 Standard Blade or
#SOG00408 Part. Serrated Blade $54.00
For more info and other SOG knives go to: for quote on order of other SOG
items e-mail
Those, whom are prepared for the worst times, can always
hope for the best future. Those whom never been prepared
will probably die in suffering shock at what event happen to
occur. When it occurs, it shall be "goodbye grasshopper" for
many poor fools, forever. Those, whom can not ever under-
stand this warning of soon future times, shall never be true
survivors, but sheep willing to adopt any "final solution" to
restore "the good old days". True freedom is never tolerated
by people whom rule by fear and terror, and those whom
support such people truly never lived with a free spirit and an
open mind. Bury your weapons well against the times ahead.
Keep your buck knives sharp my fellow hippies.
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With my printer, in the past had refilled its cartridges for a
few times before the damn things just clogged up dead. A real
pain because a fresh cartridge would cost about $30 apiece
was limited to only 3 to 4 refills' sometimes lucky to last just
one refill!
On a limited budget, printouts got limited especially printing
out handbooks from various web-sites on the net. Even via a
discount supply, a hundred dollars of ink cartridges can bite
one's wallet, each month!
But now, using a few new methods discovered by "trial and
error" experiments, been refilling same cartridge over 30
times now, figure at $30 each if new, roughly a thousand
dollars for $90 of discount store ink refill kits.
It is real simple, first jet ink printers "spray ink" via electric
charged ports on the bottom of the ink cartridge. Even when
the printer is "off" there is still a power charge to those ports,
which over time will dry the ink and clog those ports.
Solution: install a switch to shut off the printer power pack at
the wall outlet. No power means no drying, clogging charge at
those printer jetports.
Use refill ink that is formulated for jet ink printers. I use a
farm vet supply syringe to refill the cartridge via the top hole,
far easier to use that syringe than other suggested methods.
Try not to draw up the bottom sludge from the inkbottle, as
that sludge will clog a special micro filter within the cartridge
(another reason for refill failure).
I refill my cartridge when it is one level above that level "you
are running low on ink", avoiding the possible remaining ink
from clogging that inner micro filter, or the jetports. After
refilling and tape seal the top refill hole, the re-installed
cartridge is run through the "new cartridge calibration cycle",
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then the "clean heads cycle", and finally a few "test prints".
So far, over 30 times, going on to 40, 50, or more!
In a future issue, "how to clean and reuse" those old clogged
cartridges be another article.
Be it homemade alcohol, methane, hydrogen, or even bio-
diesel; do download wherever found, as the government
wants "to protect the public" because "homemade fuels are
dangerous". Under the guise of cracking down on "porn",
there are efforts underway to remove sites that contain infor-
mation on survival, explosives, homemade power and fuels,
and those "terrorist" newsletter sites. Yes, got to protect those
poor sheep so there is no rioting at the slaughter house ramp,
from those dangerous web-sites. You know any?
Would welcome reader's letters. Send them to the editor of
wherever these articles appear. Will try to reply via future
articles, as best possible any questions. Death threats, bombs,
and vulgar remarks will be responded directly back in a
different way. Maybe you become a pet for an alien?
-Wildflower, winter 2004 A.D.
Nuts and Volts
Home Power
Independent American
Fish, Fur, Game
Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Hobby Farms
Backwoods Home
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The Pine Tree Journal's Army/Navy Store List
When I was a kid, Army/Navy stores sold military surplus
stuff. You could buy uniforms, web gear, backpacks, bayo-
nets, hat, and all sorts of military collectibles such as World
War II patches, Samurai swords, and German helmets. One
store I used to frequent called The Militaria Mart had a neat
lamp made out of a World War I helmet and a deactivated
artillery shell. I remember the tag on it said that it was an
experimental type of illuminating round that was rejected
because the military didn't have long enough extension cords.
I spent many a day visiting these places, spending my al-
lowance, and looking though racks of uniforms for a set of
Vietnam camouflage jungle fatigues (the predecessor to mod-
ern BDUs) in size extra small, short. I finally found a pair,
and if my memory serves me correctly paid $20 for the set at
the time. This was before kid-sized camouflage clothing
became as commonplace as it is now. A lot of my camping
gear I used in the Boy Scouts was military surplus as it cost
less than the "official BSA" stuff, and was more rugged.
There were a few Army/Navy stores in driving distance that I
always tried to shanghai my parents and grandparents in
taking me to. First on the list was Brian Benedict's store, The
Militaria Mart in Brewster, NY and later in Carmel. This is
actually the only place that is still open today in that area,
albeit now as The Duffle Bag in Patterson, NY. Carmel was
also home to Barnaby's Army/Navy that actually did more
business in civilian sporting goods, but had a small military
surplus section. Up in Pawling on Rt. 22 was Hawkeye's
Military Surplus. Many travelers going to upstate NY knew it
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as the place with the B-25 Bomber parked next to it. There
was also Mid-Hudson Army/Navy in Wappingers Falls on Rt.
9 that had a big fuel tank (most people thought it was a bomb)
outside. In Mamaroneck there was Lt. Pepper's. Those where
the stores I visited regularly. There were others in Mt. Kisco,
Peekskill, Bethel (CT), and New Milford (CT) that I checked
out less frequently. There was also a military surplus dear
from Massachusetts that used to come down to the Dutchess
County Fair in Rhinebeck once a year.
Military surplus type Army/Navy stores have gotten more rare
in recent years as the government isn't surplusing out as much
as it used to, and the rush of stuff that came from overseas in
the late 1980s and early 1980s is slowing down. There are a
number of mail order and Internet outlets where you can buy
military surplus, but I prefer to support local businesses as
much as possible. I also like to examine stuff before I make a
purchase; going though bins of surplus gear looking for the
one that's in the best shape. As a regular part of the Pine Tree
Journal, we will be maintaining a list of military surplus
dealers in the New England area (including upstate New
York). This list is probably by no means complete, as at
present it contains only stores I have personally visited, know
to still exist, and deal primarily in military surplus gear (or
new manufacture military equipment). If any readers know of
military surplus stores in their area not on this list, please send
an email to and it will be added to the list.
Amherst Drop Zone
227 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Army Barracks Inc
257 Main St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Battle Zone
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371 Boston Post Rd
Orange, CT 06477
Bill's Military Surplus
81 Whiting St.
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 410-0700
The Duffle Bag
21 Front St.
Patterson, NY 12563
Jamrozys War Relics
State Highway 28
Arkville, NY 12406
Joey's Army/Navy Store
20 Depot St.
Watertown, CT 06795
Military Specialities
2543 Berlin Tpke.
Newington, CT 06111
Thames Army Surplus
221 Thames St
Groton, CT 06340
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